Tony McManus

The Maker's Mark (The Dream Guitar Sessions)

by Steve Horowitz

7 May 2009

 
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Tony McManus

The Maker's Mark: The Dream Guitar Sessions

(Compass)
US: 8 Dec 2008
UK: 8 Dec 2008

The concept here makes intuitive sense. Pick a master acoustic guitar player, in this case Scottish master Tony McManus, and provide him with 15 of the finest handmade guitars currently produced. The result is a stunningly beautiful, contemplative record. McManus plays a different instrument on each song, save for the last track “Valse Des Belugas” in which he skillfully combines them all. Most of the cuts are Celtic in origin, but he also ventures out to play Eastern European, Asian, and African inspired music. McManus never shows off, but lets the tone of each guitar speak for itself and breathe, like a sommelier opening different vintages of wine. It’s easy to get pleasantly drunk on the result.

The Maker's Mark: The Dream Guitar Sessions

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